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Northrop and Boeing to join White House-backed Additive Manufacturing Forward programme

In an effort to help smaller U.S.-based suppliers up their use of 3-D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies, the White House under President Biden has got behind the Additive Manufacturing Forward (AM Forward) programme. The voluntary programme has been designed to boost the use of additive manufacturing by suppliers.

Focusing heavily on 3-D printing, the intention is to enable current technology to build complex shapes in layers using either plastic or metal particles. The Additive Manufacturing Forward (AM Forward) programme has been organised by non-profit Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America).

"The supply chain crisis isn’t just about building out ports. It’s about building up parts–right here in America’s small business factories," said ASTRO America's CEO, Neal Orringer.

GE Aviation, Siemens Energy, Raytheon Technologies, Honeywell and Lockheed Martin were the first companies to engage with the programme. The manufacturers say they will purchase additively produced parts from smaller U.S. suppliers; train supplier workers on new additive technologies; provide technical assistance and engage in standards development and certification.

It is anticipated that such technologies could reduce part lead times and materials’ cost by 90%, and also reduce energy use by 50%. The White House says insufficient American companies are currently using 3-D printing or other high-performance advanced manufacturing technologies and according to Reuters news agency, the Biden administration feels that these technologies could be rolled out into the automotive and semi-conductor sectors.

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Stratos delivers pair of Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Air Europa

Stratos has delivered two Boeing 737-800 aircraft on long-term operating lease to Mallorca-based Air Europa as the airline takes off towards a new stage of growth with a significant fleet expansion. The aircraft (MSNs 39866 and 39858) are part of the Stratos securitised portfolio JOL Air 2019-1 and underwent substantial cabin and avionic modification works after being returned from Malindo Air, Malaysia.

Air Europa commented: "The addition of these new aircraft to our fleet allows us to continue to face both the summer and the second half of the year with maximum guarantees. We continue to increase our supply of seats in response to the increase in demand, which has allowed us to reactivate our routes and to raise the frequency of flights".

BOC Aviation posts net loss of US$313 million for first-half 2022

BOC Aviation has reported that total revenues and other income in the first half of 2022 increased 8% to US$1,196 million compared with the first half of 2021. Operating cash flow net of interest increased 29% to US$717 million compared with the first half of 2021. The company posted net loss after tax of US$313 million, compared with net profit after tax of US$254 million in the first half of 2021.

This included write-downs of US$804 million related to the net book value of aircraft remaining in Russia partially offset by US$223 million of cash collateral held by the group in respect of those aircraft and US$63 million of tax credit, resulting in an after-tax impact of US$518 million.

Total assets decreased 4% to US$22.8 billion as of June 30, 2022, compared with December 31, 2021, primarily on account of the write-down of the net book value of aircraft remaining in Russia. The company maintained strong liquidity with US$454 million in cash and short-term deposits in addition to US$5.5 billion in undrawn committed credit facilities as of June 30, 2022.

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Edita Jakucionyte-Lukse joins FL Technics Group as Head of HR

FL Technics, a global MRO solutions provider, has announced changes in its management team. Edita Jakucionyte-Lukse will take the position of Head of Human Resources of the FL Technics Group from August 11, 2022.

With over 20 years of personnel management experience, Jakucionyte-Lukse joins a strong international team, where she will be responsible for people management strategy, its implementation and company development support decisions.

Before joining FL Technics, she held the position of Head of People and Culture at UAB Palink, Head of Human Resources and Communication at AB Grigeo Group and Head of Human Resources at ABB T&D in the United Arab Emirates.

Jakucionyte-Lukse obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration at the Kaunas University of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration at ISM University and BI Norwegian Business School.

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Lufthansa Technik delivers second Airbus A321LR to German Air Force

Following the ceremonial handover of the first aircraft in June at ILA Berlin, Lufthansa Technik AG delivered the second Airbus A321LR (long range) to the German Air Force with a transfer flight from Hamburg to Cologne-Bonn. Like its sister aircraft already in service with the tactical registration 15+10, the new 15+11 will now also be available to the German Air Force for troop transport and parliamentary flight operations on short-, medium- and long-haul routes. The respective capacity of each of the two aircraft in this configuration is 136 passengers.

In the coming year, however, both A321LRs will return to Lufthansa Technik to be modified and certified for MedEvac (Medical Evacuation) duties in the second phase of the project. This will expand the aircraft's range of operations to include capabilities for the qualified air transport of wounded, injured and diseased passengers.

In this context, three different configurations will be available to transport up to six intensive care patients or up to 12 mildly or moderately ill/injured patients. To this end, Lufthansa Technik will deliver a total of 12-units and two reserve units of the Patient Transport Unit New Generation (German: Patiententransporteinheit Neuer Generation, short: PTE NG) to the German armed forces. The company was able to complete various preliminary work for the MedEvac mission, for example for the oxygen supply on board the two aircraft, already during the first phase of the project.

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Indian Akasa Air goes live with AMOS

When Akasa Air, the new Indian start-up airline, was searching the market for an MRO software solution that would meet its requirements, the airline had two major criteria to be considered: the start of commercial operation was planned for summer 2022 and the new software needed to support the airworthiness management of the fleet.

The start-up airline has 72 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order and plans to have completed the inductions of the ordered aircraft by 2027, being the reason why the desired software must be scalable and capable to support fleet growth without adding complexity.

Due to these two reasons, the airline was looking for a partner who could develop a strategy tailored to Akasa Air, with the objective to initially support a timely go-live and, in a second phase, to increase the usage of the software functionalities and the automation of the processes.

The implementation has just been finalised after just three months of project work with a successful go-live – on time with the operational start of its first B737 MAX.

The Akasa Air team relies on Swiss-AS’ cloud hosting service. The AMOS cloud hosting package, combined with AOS (management of application and database server), provides the customer with a fully cloud-hosted AMOS environment and ideal operating conditions to benefit from the full potential of AMOS. This option relieves Akasa Air of the need to operate a technical infrastructure on premise and provides an attractive and cost-effective alternative – being the perfect setup for a start-up airline.
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